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#1 Posted : Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:55:40 AM(UTC)
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The Panthers are inexperienced at quarterback behind Cam Newton. After letting Derek Anderson walk in free agency Darius Slay Jersey , Carolina has Garrett Gilbert, its third-stringer last season, rookie Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke.

Heinicke, claimed by the Panthers on April 16 after the Texans waived him, took nine snaps last season in Houston. That’s nine more than Allen or Gilbert have in the NFL.

Gilbert remains the favorite to win the No. 2 job, but Carolina has carried three quarterbacks every year since 2014.

“Hopefully I play well in the preseason,” Heinicke said, via Bryan Strickland of the team website. “Garrett is doing a great job. Kyle is doing a great job. Cam is coaching us up.

“I love it here. It’s probably my favorite locker room that I’ve been in. Everyone is getting along, having a good time, helping each other out. It’s a real family atmosphere.”

Heinicke threw for 132 career touchdowns at Old Dominion. He ran for 22 scores.

The Vikings, with Norv Turner as their offensive coordinator, signed him as a college free agent following the 2015 draft. The Panthers hired Turner as their new offensive coordinator this offseason.

“[The Vikings] signed Taylor as a free agent because he was an extremely productive college player,” Turner said. “[Assistant coach] Scott [Turner] went to Old Dominion and worked him out and was excited about his arm talent and his physical skills.

“He did a good job for us in Minnesota. Things work out different in different places Nick Boyle Jersey , and it didn’t work out for him in Minnesota, but he did contribute in Houston. He’s a guy that can be a productive football player.”

After practice squad stints in New England and Houston last season, Heinicke earned a promotion to the Texans’ 53-player roster in December. He played in mop-up duty against the Steelers, completing his only pass attempt for 10 yards.

“It was cool to finally get that under my belt, to be able to finally say that I played in a regular-season game,” Heinicke said. “I know the feeling of that now, the speed of it.”

That’s more than the other backup quarterbacks on the team’s roster can say.

Wilmer Font helped cool down the surging Houston Astros before leaving with an injury.

Font and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Houston 3-2 on Friday night to snap the Astros’ 11-game road winning streak, which tied a franchise record.

Font (2-3) allowed one run and one hit over five-plus innings before leaving the game with a strained right lat.

”We’ll know more (Saturday), but in all likelihood he’ll probably miss some significant time,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”He’s been throwing the ball so well for us and obviously did again tonight.”

Font, acquired from Oakland on May 25, was recently inserted into the rotation.

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Diego Castillo, Chaz Roe, Sergio Romo and Jose Alvarado held the Astros in check after Font’s exit. Alvarado got the final out for his second save.

The Rays improved their record to 8-6 during a stretch of 16 games against Houston, Washington and the New York Yankees.

Alex Bregman homered for the Astros, who lost for just fourth time in 22 games overall. Gerrit Cole (9-2) gave up three runs – one earned – and five hits in six innings to end his seven-game winning streak.

”It’s a tough-luck loss for him because he pitched better than to get a loss,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

Tampa Bay capitalized on a pair of Houston errors to get three runs in the fourth, snapping a 19-inning scoring drought.

Adeiny Hechavarria was credited with a sacrifice fly that center fielder Jake Marisnick dropped for an error. Two more runs scored with two outs when shortstop Marwin Gonzalez made an errant throw to first on Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder.

”We didn’t make the plays,” Hinch said. ”Jake looked like he got back to the wall and either he had a little bit of weird timing and then he’s going to hit the wall and the ball came out. Never controlled it. And Marwin just hurried trying to get Kiermaier and made a low throw and got a little unlucky that (first baseman AJ) Reed deflects it a little far away. Kind of a weird way to score three runs.”

Bregman made it 3-2 in the sixth with his homer off Castillo, who replaced Font during the at-bat. Bregman has seven homers and 18 RBIs in his last 14 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list with back stiffness but could be back in a week. Hinch said Correa saw the team spine specialist and ”everything checked out fine.” … RHP Joe Smith (right elbow soreness) allowed three hits in a scoreless inning for Double-A Corpus Christi.

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) will start Tuesday for Single-A Charlotte. It hasn’t been determined if he will need a second rehab outing.

STRUGGLING SPRINGER

Astros OF George Springer, mired in a 3-of-40 slide, was out of the lineup. ”He’s pretty agitated about how things going for him,” Hinch said. ”Kind of a reset. He’ll be fine.” Springer was a pinch-runner in the ninth.

DAREDEVIL

Hinch did a TV interview from an overhanging catwalk at Tropicana Field. Next season he plans to go on the roof of the domed stadium.

UP NEXT

Astros RHP Justin Verlander (9-3) starts Saturday. Verlander allowed a season-high four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to Toronto on Monday. Tampa Bay will counter with a bullpen day.

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